Cultural Diversity & its’ Impact on Family Dynamics: Caribbean Culture vs Russian Culture

Caribbean culture and Russian culture reflect diverse identities; therefore, there are certain differences in characteristics of these two cultural groups.

Identification of the characteristics of two different ethnic or cultural groups

Caribbean culture practised by Caribbean people has historically been influenced by African, European, and Amerindian, and Asian traditions. Each of the Caribbean islands has a unique cultural identity that was shaped by European colonists and traders, African slaves, and indigenous Indian tribes. Also, Caribbean culture is influenced by the exotic nature and tropical environment. Hence, food, cuisine, music and dancing are aimed at making life experiences unforgettable. Caribbean people organize festivals and carnivals which are held annually. Musical performances, parades and parties with costumes are held on the beaches and on the streets of the cities. Caribbean people eat tasty food, which consists of fruit, vegetables, spices, meat (chicken) and seafood. The widely known dishes of  cuisine of the Caribbean  are lime pie, chicken kabobs, jerk chicken, and coconut shrimp (Houston, 2005).

In Russian culture, there are many unique features that have already influences the world culture, including different aspects of art (e.g. literature, music, ballet, painting and architecture). Russian culture was developed from the culture of the East Slavs, who practised pagan beliefs. At the same time, Russian culture was uninfluenced by historical events, religion and European traditions.  There are many festivals, holidays and important celebrations which reflect Russian traditions and customs. Russian cuisine provide a wide range of dishes of fish, poultry, mushrooms, berries and honey. The key ingredients are rye and wheat bread, cereals, and traditional Russian vodka (Edelstein, 2011).

Comparison of the similarities and differences of the two reviewed groups

There are many similarities between Caribbean Culture and Russian culture, including strong reliance on the established traditions and customs, unique festivals and food preferences. However, the differences between the two reviewed groups are obvious. The Caribbean people differ from the Russians in terms of cultural identities because of certain social, religious and historical influences.

Discussion of values and morals of the groups

The values and morals of the Caribbean are strong enough to maintain their cultural heritage. The same can be said about the Russians, who love their culture, follow their traditions and place emphasis on human values. The people of the Caribbean honour their value system as they respect law and order, promote preservation of family and tribal life, respect authority and protect their property. The Russians demonstrate respect for their traditions and national heritage through their activities. They are proud of their history. Hence, both groups pay due attention to values and morals in their life experiences (Hocker & Wilmot, 2011).

Discussion of family dynamics

The family dynamics of both groups can be characterized as stable family systems, although there are certain differences in terms of family relations and interaction between family members. The Caribbean families have strong bonds. They are large and friendly. The Russian families are dependent on one another, although the families are no so large as in the Caribbean. The patriarchal system affects  the family dynamics in the Caribbeans. In Russia, there is a mix of patriarchy and female empowerment (Hanson & Lynch, 2013).

Identification of strengths of the chosen families

The strengths of the Russian families are friendliness, independence, conflict resolution, lack of patriarchal pressure, authoritarian parenting style, education opportunities, respect for national heritage, customs and traditions.

The strengths of the Caribbean families are large sized, stable family structure, authoritarian parenting style, close interaction between children and parents, religiousness, respect for traditions and customs, strong value system.


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Hanson, Marci & Lynch, Eleanor (2013). Understanding Families: Approaches to Diversity, Disability & Risk.  Baltimore, Maryland: Paul H. Brookes Publishing, Inc. 

Hocker, Joyce & Wilmot, William (2011).  Interpersonal Conflict (9th ed). McGraw Hill.

Houston, L. M. (2005). Food Culture in the Caribbean. Greenwood Publishing Group.

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